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Liz Cole Bemiss summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa with 10 other women from Richmond, VA, last January. Liz says the group, who called themselves Team WAKI (wanawake ambao kilele is Swahili for “women who summit”) completed the grueling seven-hour climb up the 19,340-foot mountain in freezing conditions and howling winds. A few were still recovering from food poisoning they had gotten a few days before the climb. Liz says she learned a lot about herself: “My mind has so much more control over my body than I’d ever thought. We really did push our bodies over the point of exhaustion because we were so determined to complete the climb. Every aspect of our being was being tested.”
Jan Halper Scaglia reported on “the best alumni vacation ever” in August. Descending on the Cape Cod compound of Holly Cressy Davis and husband Rob were Jan and husband Ken, Coline Paimblanc Riviere and husband Jerome, and Linda Perry Feaster and husband Mark—plus Scaglia kids Elana, 16, and Leigh, 13; Davis children Ryan, 14, and Cooper, 11; Riviere kids Alister, 15, Judy, 12, and Chip, 10; and Wylie Feaster, 7. It was an incredible week of food, water fights, and slip-n-slide. Jan says the kids were all terrific, and everyone was thankful that Skidmore brought them all together. Jan and family live in Weston, CT; she is a licensed massage therapist with her own practice, Nurturing Therapeutic Massage, located in New Canaan. Coline and family live in Nice, France, where she is busy with three kids. Linda’s family lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, where she is an artist and marketing specialist. On Cape Cod, Holly fulfills her love of horses and her boys, and Rob is an ER doctor.
Jerry Rickrode is in his 18th year as head basketball coach at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. He and wife Kathy, an engineer but a stay-at-home mom for the past nine years, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary this past fall. They have two children, Jordyn and Christian. Jerry says, “I have been blessed.”
After 10 great years in New Orleans, LA, Mike Ross and wife Ashley moved to Washington, DC. Mike is associate professor of history at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Contemporary abstract painter Barbara Neulinger was one of four artists featured in the exhibit Present Tense, held at the APE Gallery in Northampton, MA, last November. Her work explores intertwining knot forms “amid a world of intuitively painted milky washes” and can be viewed at barbaraneulinger.com.